Arts & Entertainment

Art exhibits celebrate African-American History Month

Posted: February 10th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

Preservation of cultural history is a human tradition that spans ancient oral inquiry through contemporary digital archives. The recorded history of African-Americans, however, has suffered from the disregard of slavery and subjugation, hence the need for National African-American History Month, also known as Black History Month. It originated in 1926 as a designated week, observed primarily within black communities.

In 1976, it was expanded to a national month-long acknowledgement and celebration of, as then-President Gerald R. Ford wrote, “the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Get your gator on

Posted: January 13th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured | No Comments

Early bird tickets on sale for annual festival By Wendy Lemlin The second weekend in May might seem like a long time away, but planning for the 16th annual Gator by the Bay festival has been going on now for months, and headliners have recently been announced. The good news is, discounted advance tickets are […]

Make it up as you go along …

Posted: December 9th, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Top Stories | No Comments

Improv theater in Old Town offers performances, classes

By David Dixon

Old Town Improv Co. only opened in November, but the crew behind the scenes have been in the comedy world for years. Founder, Donny Dunstone, was a stand-up comedian for decades and did improv at Sacramento Comedy Spot.

Dunstone’s goal was to open his own theater. After fully committing to his dream, he brought several improv artists to aid him in opening Old Town Improv Co. One of the employees is marketing and community relations specialist, and ensemble performer, Phillip Ongert.

‘Carol’ — Cygnet’s warm-hearted gem

Posted: December 9th, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Theater Reviews | No Comments

By Charlene Baldridge Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost-Story of Christmas” originally began as a novella published in 1843, and then, almost immediately, it was adapted for the theater. The uplifting story recounts the redemption of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge through the Christmas Eve visitations of his decidedly dead partner, Jacob […]